Man Found Something Much More Valuable Than Gold While Metal Detecting In A Park In Australia

Metal detecting isn’t for everyone. It requires tenacity and extreme patience.

And even if you do find something, it’s usually just coins or just random metal scraps.

Still, however small the thing is that you get, there’s that sense of accomplishment that’s an instant boost to anyone’s day.

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People who go metal detecting are hopeful people, in my opinion. It’s not just the usual folks that like metal detecting; with the rise of social media like TikTok, even young people have gone into the hobby of metal detecting!

With so many people doing the hobby, the chance of finding anything valuable has dropped increasingly low.

But then again, there will always be that one person that hits the jackpot, however low the chances are.

Such is the case of David Hole, an Australian man who went metal detecting in Maryborough Regional Park somewhere around Melbourne back in 2015.

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What makes his case special is that Hole didn’t just hit any regular jackpot, he found something truly out of this world.

An extremely heavy, reddish rock.

Thinking that it contained gold, Hole took the rock home in hopes of breaking it down and getting to the real treasure. He tried using a rock saw, an angle grinder, a drill, and even acid, but the rock was indestructible.

With nothing else to do and curious as to what the strange rock was, Hole went to Melbourne Museum to ask for help in identifying the rock.

As it turns out, the huge rock he found was not an oversized gold nugget but a 4.6-billion-year-old meteorite.

Now called the Maryborough meteorite, the rock weighs 27.5 pounds (17 kg) and is suggested to have been on Earth between 100-1,000 years.

Hole’s astronomic discovery is recorded as the 17th meteorite ever found in the state of Victoria, having the second largest chondritic mass after the 55 kg meteorite identified in 2003.

Watch the video below.

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